CTA Surface System History presented by the Illinois Railway Museum

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Route Descriptions by Route Name

Surface Routes
Addison * Addison Limited * Archer * Archer Exp * Archer Expwy
Archer-Austin Archer-Franklin Exp * Archer-Harlem Archer-Narragansett Archer-NW Station
Armitage * Ashland * Ashland-Archer Ashland-Downtown Austin *
Bell & Howell * Belmont * Belmont, East Blue Island-26th * Broadway *
Broadway-State California, North * California, South * Canal-Wacker * Central *
Central Ltd Central, North Central-Grant Central-Sherman * Cermak *
Cermak, West * Chicago * Cicero * Cicero, South * Cicero, North-Skokie Blvd *
Clark * Clark-Wentworth Cottage Grove Covers/Cover Letters Culture Bus *
Cumberland-East River * Cumberland Exp Damen * Damen, North * Damen, South
Devon * Devon, West Devon-Cicero Devon-Northwest Exp Devon-Sheridan *
Diversey * Division * Dodge Douglas * Douglas Ext *
Drexel-Hyde Park Elston Supplementary * Elston-Clybourn * Emerson-Dempster Evanston RT Emerg Bus Serv *
Foster * Foster, West * Foster-Canfield * Foster-East River * Foster-Lawrence *
Foster-Northwest Hwy Fullerton * Fullerton, East Fullerton, West Garage Routes *
Garfield * Garfield Exp Garfield Park Ext Garfield-55th Grand *
Grant Park Treasures Halsted Halsted, South * Halsted-Archer Halsted-Downtown
Halsted-95th * Harlem * Harlem, North * Harrison * Harrison-Adams *
Higgins Hyde Park * Hyde Park Exp * Illinois Center-NW Exp * Illinois Center-Union Exp *
Indiana * Indiana-Hyde Park * International Towers * Irving Park * Irving Park, West *
Irving Park,West Exp * Jackson * Jackson Exp Jackson-Independence Jackson Supplementary
Jeffery * Jeffery Exp * Jeffery Manor Exp Jeffery Manor Ltd * Kedzie, North
Kedzie, South Kedzie-California * Kedzie-Homan Kimball Kimball-Homan *
King Drive * King Drive Exp & Ltd * Lake Lake Shore Exp, South Laramie *
LaSalle * Lawrence * Lawrence, West 'L'ephant Lincoln *
Lincoln-Larrabee * Lincoln-Wabash * Lunch Loop Shuttle Lunt Lunt-Touhy
Madison * Madison-Fifth Magnificent Mile Exp Main-Emerson * Main-Oakton
Marine-Michigan * Marine-Michigan Exp * Marine-Michigan Soldier Field Shuttle * Marquette * McCormick
McCormick Place-NW Station * Michigan Exp Michigan, South * Michigan-State-Wacker Michigan-119th *
Midway Park 'n' Ride * Milwaukee * Milwaukee, North * Misc Routes Monroe Parking
Montrose * Montrose-Lawrence Morgan-Racine Narragansett * Narragansett Exp *
Narragansett-Ridgeland * North * NorthLtd North-Narragansett North-Narragansett-Irving Park
Northeastern Illinois University Northwest Hwy * NW-Franklin * NW-Madison * NW-Union Stations-Museums *
NW-Union Stations-Soldier Field * NW-Wacker Exp * Ogden * Ogden-Downtown * Ogden-Randolph
O'Hare O'Hare Exp * Ohio-Union Station Orleans Outer Drive Exp *
Pershing * Peterson * Pulaski * Pulaski, South * Pulaski-Stevenson Exp *
Pullman * Pullman-Altgeld Pullman-111th-115th * Ridge-Grant * Riverdale
Roosevelt Roscoe Santa Fe School Charters * Sedgwick
Sedgwick-Ogden * Sheridan * Sheridan Exp Sheridan-LaSalle Exp * Shopping Loop Shuttle
Skokie * Soldier Field Special Event Shuttle * Soldier Field Exp South Chicago South Chicago Exp *
South Deering South Lake Shore Exp South Park South Park Ltd Southport *
South Shore Southwest Skokie * Stadium Exp State * State Ltd
Stateliner Stevenson Exp * Stony Island * Streeterville * SW Skokie
Taylor-Sedgwick-Sheffield Union-Wacker Exp * Vincennes-111th * Vincennes-112th Wacker Exp
Wacker-NW Station * Wacker-Orleans * Wallace-Racine * Washington * Washington Exp
Water Tower Exp Wentworth * Westchester * Western * Western, North *
Western, South * Wilson-LaSalle * Wilson-LaSalle Exp * Wilson-Michigan * Wilson-Michigan Exp *
Wilson-Michigan Outer Drive Exp Wrigley Field Exp Yates-95th Yates-Colfax * 14th
16th-18th * 25th Avenue 26th-31st 31st * 31st, West
35th * 35th, West-Pershing 43rd 43rd-Root 47th *
47th, West 51st 51st-55th 55th 55th-Austin
55th-Narragansett 59th-61st * 63rd * 63rd Ltd 63rd, West
65th West 67th-69th-71st * 67th-69th-79th 71st 71st-Yates
74th-75th * 75th 79th * 83rd-95th 87th
93rd-95th * 93rd, East-95th 95th 103rd-106th * 103rd, East-106th
103rd, West * 111th-115th

Rapid Transit Routes
Congress-Douglas-O'Hare Douglas Evanston Evanston Exp Garfield
Howard-Dan Ryan Kenwood Lake Lake-Englewood-Jackson Park Logan Square
Loop Shuttle * Midway North-South * Orange Line * Ravenswood *
Skokie Swift Stock Yards West-Northwest * West-South * Yellow Line

Route names followed by an asterisk have new maps loaded.




Complete System Route Index Books

Pre-1922 files are from land value-type books. 1922 and after were issued by CSL and CTA. All files are searchable .pdf so the file size can be large (noted next to each date).

  • 05/00/1905 (15 Mb)
  • 06/00/1906 (9 Mb)
  • 06/30/1906 (10 Mb)
  • 00/00/1908 (3 Mb)
  • 12/10/1908 (2 Mb)
  • 07/15/1912 (6 Mb)
  • 00/00/1915 (6 Mb)
  • 01/31/1915 (5 Mb)
  • 02/15/1922 (9 Mb)
  • 09/14/1924 (15 Mb)
  • 11/12/1933 (11 Mb)
  • 03/01/1934 (19 Mb)
  • 11/12/1934 (11 Mb)
  • 01/01/1935 (23 Mb)
  • 08/20/1936 (13 Mb)
  • 10/11/1937 (4.5 Mb)
  • 11/18/1946 (27 Mb)
  • 03/18/1948 (31 Mb)
  • 02/07/1949 (22 Mb)
  • 04/14/1950 (21 Mb)
  • 07/23/1951 (22 Mb)
  • 03/17/1952 (26 Mb)
  • 02/02/1953 (7 Mb)
  • 01/15/1954 (10 Mb)
  • 02/20/1955 (10 Mb)
  • 10/15/1957 (25 Mb)
  • 09/29/1959 (11 Mb)
  • 02/12/1962 (12 Mb)
  • 10/15/1963 (9 Mb)
  • 12/10/1964 (12 Mb)
  • 10/16/1967 (13 Mb)
  • 04/22/1970 (32 Mb)
  • 04/00/1973 (11 Mb)
  • 07/00/1974 (32 Mb)



  • UPDATED Route History

    Historian Andre Kristopans has provided IRM with updated route histories! The original histories Andre researched for the CTA can be found on the second page of selected individual route descriptions (above - sorted by route name). They are marked with an "(H)". In an effort to give you easy to access, one-stop route histories, we inadvertently combined files that should not have been combined. We are currently working on breaking them back apart and will have two individual lists of updated route history files for you as soon as possible.



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